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Or you could just outscore your problems.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Deep words from McBackup following last night’s circus. Next Leafs game isn’t til Saturday, so we’ve all got some time to rest and recover. Even better, it should be quite a while til we have to watch McElhinney in goal again.

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Toronto Maple Leafs win it for Gord Downie 6-3 over Detroit Red Wings - Pension Plan Puppets
Auston, Willie, Zach, Connor, Naz, and Reemer all score in Patrick Marleau’s 1,500th game

Who’s on fourth? - Katya
Or maybe the question is which line was the fourth line last night.

Patrick Marleau to play his 1,500th game tonight - Katya
In only his seventh game for a team not the San Jose Sharks, Marleau hits a big career milestone.

Keaton Middleton to play for Team OHL vs Russia - ElSeldo
The towering Leafs prospect will suit up and play for Team OHL.

Women’s Hockey Wednesday links: Team Canada’s goaltender problem - Pension Plan Puppets
Plus recaps from the CWHL’s opening weekend and the NWHL’s international games

Three games in the NHL last night

Red hot Maple Leafs spread offence around in win over Detroit - The Globe and Mail
Toronto now has a 6-1 record and moved past the Tampa Bay Lightning into first place in the Atlantic Division with 12 points

Blackhawks vs. Blues 2017 score, highlights, and more - Second City Hockey
The Hawks’ first trip to the Scottrade Center was not a pretty one.

Canadiens vs. Kings Top Six Minutes: You lose some ... and you lose some - Eyes on the Prize
The Habs now haven’t won since a shootout victory on opening night.

Your injury report

Scientists gain new window to mysteries of concussions - The Globe and Mail
Researchers are now using new tools to probe the brains of those who have experienced concussions to look for subtle changes that would have previously escaped notice

David Schlemko will miss another 3-4 weeks - Eyes On The Prize
The Canadiens announced on Wednesday the defenceman underwent surgery and will miss up to another month of action.

INJURY UPDATE: Ryan Spooner out 4-6 weeks, maybe longer. - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Oh boy...that’s gonna be bad.

Tuukka Rask might be hurt - Stanley Cup of Chowder
This is fine.

Leon And Drake Are Going On The Road - The Copper & Blue
Injured forwards won’t play in Chicago, but might later during the roadtrip

Other stuff

JT Brown ceases to raise fist during anthem, continues to raise awareness - Raw Charge
In a Twitter announcement, Tampa Bay Lightning forward JT Brown discusses his next steps in helping raise awareness for minority issues.

Former NHL agent facing charges after allegedly defrauding players - The Globe and Mail
Police say players gave money Stacey McAlpine to invest on their behalf, but used funds for personal business

Ranking how worried the NHL’s five worst teams should be | Toronto Star
It's only 6 games into the season (depending on the team) but pointing and laughing is always fun.